Mirror Mirror

Jesse Fleming
Feb 20, 2014 12:53AM

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About the work: The content of this project is a simple call and response exercise, randomly listing colors or numbers. Before the exercise begins, the participants were given a brief set of instructions to successfully attune. Some participants are familial or romantic partners, while others were strangers. The exercise creates a mysteriously observable connection between the partners. We as the observer can palpably sense when the partners are successfully attuning. This is important to note – that we as observers become participants. Through the nature of authenticating the work as scripted or actual, we too have utilized our capacity to empathetically connect. Thus in a reflective manner self and other loose their boundaries: 2 become 1, 1 become 2, subject/object loose form.

“Watching someone else being touched we can empathically feel that touch in our own body. The separation is created by our own skin and touch receptors that let us [our own body] know that it is not actually [us] being touched. Yet still, we are observing, and receiving the same experience the other is having. There is no real independent self, aloof from other human beings, inspecting the world, inspecting other people. You are, in fact, connected not just via Facebook and Internet, you’re actually quite literally connected by your neurons.”- Vilayanur Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California San Diego 

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